Stephen T. Surprenant Named Vice President, Mission Integration

(Hartford, Conn. January 22, 2013)  Stephen T. Surprenant has joined Saint Francis Care as Vice President, Mission Integration. Mr. Surprenant will report directly to Christopher M. Dadlez, President and Chief Executive Officer.

"With over 25 years of experience in the human services field, Steve's combination of in-depth experience, operational knowledge and passion for mission integration work made him an exceptional candidate for this role," said Mr. Dadlez. "He will promote and integrate our mission and core values throughout all areas of the Hospital."

Mr. Surprenant has a Bachelor's Degree in Sacred Theology and a Master's degree in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and a MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Mr. Surprenant previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with Mercy Community Health, a not-for-profit, mission-based Aging Services Network, which includes a continuing care retirement community and a long-term care facility. During his career with the Mercy Community, he served as the administrator for several of the Mercy subsidiaries, including The McAuley Center, Inc., Mercy Community HomeCare, Inc., and Mercyknoll, Inc. Before joining Mercy Community Health, he filled similar roles for the Arbors at Hop Brook in Manchester.

During the span of his career in faith-based and mission-centered organizations, Mr. Surprenant has participated on many boards and committees relating to mission effectiveness, ethics, and corporate compliance. He serves as a Member of the Advisory Committee for Partners in CPE Program for Saint Francis and has led a "Values in Practice" culture change initiative for the Mercy Community for over nine years. He presently serves as faculty for the Excellence in Ministry Formation Program offered by Catholic Health East and was a member of CHE's Ministry Leadership Academy inaugural class. Early in his career, he served as both a parochial vicar and hospital chaplain. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford teaching courses in Leadership and Management.

Mr. Surprenant and his wife Susan reside in South Windsor and have three daughters, Emily, Rebecca, and Claudia.

About Saint Francis 

Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England. Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, and the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research. Its services are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region. For more information, visit